The St. James girls basketball team (7-6) traveled to Steelville on Thursday, Jan. 4. Points were hard to come by in the contest, but Steelville was able to grab an early lead on their way to a 40-30 win.
The Lady Tigers were held to single digits in every quarter on Thursday night, but Steelville never had the chance to stretch out a lead. St. James scored seven points in the first, which included a three by Ashlyn Rinehart, trailing 9-7 through a quarter of play. Steelville was able to extend their lead in the second thanks to a pair of threes from Abby Booker. Alyssa Church added a three of her own for the Lady Cardinals. St. James again struggled to find some offense, scoring eight points to trail 21-15 at the half.
Steelville continued to slowly add to their lead in the second half, scoring four points at the free throw line to help stretch their lead to 31-23 going into the fourth. Bailey Wells hit a three for St. James in the quarter, but the Lady Tigers were again held to just eight points.
St. James continued to send Steelville to the charity stripe in the fourth in an attempt to close the gap and the Lady Cardinals went 4-8. Booker hit her third three of the game to help Steelville hold onto their lead. St. James had their own chances from the free throw line in the fourth, but made just one of their six attempts. Wells led St. James with four points in the quarter, but the Lady Tigers only added three points around her. Steelville went on to win the game 40-30.
Wells and Rinehart tied for the team lead in points with seven a piece in the loss. Wells added four points, three rebounds and two assists, while Rinehart grabbed four boards and two steals. Hannah Marcee did a solid job rebounding on the night, leading the Lady Tigers with six to go along with five points. She also added two steals. Quinn Paulus led St. James with four steals, while adding two points and a rebound in the loss.
St. James will take part in the California Tournament this week, kicking things off against Helias on Tuesday, Jan. 9.